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City Releases in-Depth Report of Its Open Space and Mountain Parks System

 City staff seeking input on community values, hopes and concerns for the future of OSMP

The City of Boulder has released a comprehensive report that details how the city manages its 45,630-acre open space system and identifies emerging trends that likely will need to be addressed in its forthcoming Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan. The full report, along with an executive summary, is available online at OSMPMasterPlan.org.

“We hope this report presents, in a clear and easy-to-read way, the incredible diversity and special qualities of the community’s legacy land system, including the importance of stewardship and enjoyment of our public land,” said Tracy Winfree, director of the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department. “The report sets the stage for community conversations about shared values and priorities that will shape an open space management plan for the next decade and beyond.”

With the release of the OSMP System Overview Report, city staff will increase engagement efforts to share the report, understand how residents and visitors value Boulder’s open space, and hear what their hopes and concerns are for the future. City staff are partnering with Growing Up Boulder and the city’s Youth Opportunities Advisory Board to conduct broad outreach to a diverse cross-section of the community. About 30 facilitators – high-school age and above – will engage residents and visitors at trailheads, housing communities, senior centers, parks and many other locations throughout the city.

The department also invites community members to share what is important to them in regards to OSMP through March 30 on an online questionnaire available at OSMPMasterPlan.org. OSMP will also host two community events to explore what report findings could mean for the future of open space and gather important ideas from the public.

The first event – a community open house on Monday, March 12 – will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave., in Levin Hall. Participants are invited to engage with OSMP staff who contributed to the report, ask questions and add to a growing list of broad policy questions the Master Plan process may need to explore. Staff and consultants will also facilitate discussions around the values, hopes and concerns attendees have about the future of OSMP. Staff will not provide a presentation. However, at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., a member City Council or the Open Space Board of Trustees will provide a brief welcome. Children are welcome.

The second event – a celebratory Master Plan kick-off event called Imagina (Imagine) Open Space – will engage all ages and aspects of the community around their values and the future of OSMP. It will include creative engagement opportunities, including a community art project. The event begins at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 18, at the new Civic Area Park near the Boulder Public Library in downtown Boulder. Local musicians Jeff and Paige will perform from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and a drum circle will follow, with the event concluding at 5 p.m. Children are also welcome at this event.

Community feedback during this engagement window –  which began on Monday, Jan. 22, and will end Friday, March 30 – will help the city to create master plan focus areas and potential strategies, which will be developed and refined through future community engagement windows.

For more information about the OSMP Master Plan, please visit OSMPMasterPlan.org or call the department at 303-441-3440.

Published: Feb. 21, 2018

Media Contacts:
Phillip Yates, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 720-564-2051
Patrick von Keyserling, Media Relations, 303-441-4959
bouldercolorado.gov
OSMP.org
OSMPMasterPlan.org

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